The Daily Beast has presented a list of “30 Leaders in the Fight for Black Men,” pulled together by President Obama’s former spiritual adviser (and The Root 100 honoree) Joshua DuBois. They include politicians, activists, writers and athletes — from the NAACP’s Ben Jealous to The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade.
Our personal favorites (OK, we’re a little biased): The Root‘s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and our contributing editor Ivory Toldson.
Gates was called “one or our country’s best-known literary critics and scholars” and praised for his work at Harvard University as a professor and director of the school’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
Toldson was celebrated for debunking the myth that more black men are in jail than in college. In an article on the topic, part of his “Show Me the Numbers” series for The Root, he wrote, “Today there are approximately 600,000 more black men in college than in jail, and the best research evidence suggests that the line was never true to begin with,” and examined what he called “the dubious origins, widespread use and harmful effects of what is arguably the most frequently quoted statistic about black men in the United States.”
Read more at the Daily Beast.